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Naybet looking forward to Spurs role

Posted on 17 August 2004  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Noureddine Naybet says he's ready and willing to embrace the role of the experienced head this season.

The legendary Moroccan skipper and former Deportivo stopper proved an instant hit on his debut against Liverpool on Saturday.

That debut came after just one training session on the Friday and less than 24 hours with his new team-mates.

Noureddine, 34, has over 100 caps for Morocco and a wealth of Champions League experience with Deportivo - semi-finalists of that competition last season.

He was one of seven debutants in the 1-1 draw against Liverpool - four out of five in a defence that included 17-year-old Philip Ifil.

He realises he is very much an older head within a young squad. "It is a big responsibility and I'm looking forward to it," he said.

"I'm very happy with the move. I'm 34 and I've played with four generations in Morocco. I've played with the youngsters, the older generation and now I'm a senior player and captain.

"I'm used to the younger players coming through and looking up to me and I have no problem with the youngsters here and helping them. I will enjoy that."